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Peter Orszag: Extend Bush Tax Cuts For 2 Years, Then End Altogether | PETER ORSZAG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In the face of the dueling deficits, the best approach is a compromise: extend the tax cuts for two years and then end them altogether. Ideally only t...

Third World America: Why I Wrote the Book and What We Need to Do to Save America's Middle Class

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.28.2011 | Home
Arianna Huffington

Third World America -- it's a jarring phrase, I know, but I decided to make that the title of my new book as a warning -- to make it clear that if we don't change course that could very well be our future.

American Workers: Laid Off On Labor Day

Peter G. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Peter G. Miller

Today we celebrate Labor Day but we don't celebrate labor. We're quickly dividing the country into rich and poor and shrinking the middle class. It's a formula for national disaster.

Unemployed Father And Former Small Business Owner: "All We Are Looking For Is An Opportunity"

The Huffington Post | Curt MacRae | Posted 11.09.2012 | Politics

As HuffPost continues its coverage of Americans struggling to recover from the recession, we are asking for stories from our readers to be featured on...

How to Live on $0 a Day: Can You Afford a Job in This Economy?

Lesley Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lesley Stern

As the "Summer of Recovery" draws to a close and labor day soon approaches, it's time to discuss what to do when after months of chronic unemployment, someone actually responds to one of the 2,000 applications you've submitted over the past months.

The Taxing Debate Over Taxes

Jim Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Worth

The arguments on taxes are fraught with myths and lies. They distort the real issue confronting us -- declining tax receipts and a rapidly rising deficit.

Third World America: America's New Must-Read

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leo Hindery, Jr.

At the end of Third World America, Ms. Huffington really got my attention with her not-so-gentle reminder that if middle-class Americans are to keep their American Dream alive, then "it's the jobs, stupid."

What Created the Populist Explosion and How Democrats Can Avoid the Shrapnel in November

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

Republicans are running Tea Party candidates who are so far to the right you can't see Middle America from their porch. Some endangered Democrats will likely see victory in November from theirs if they understand the public mood and speak to it.

Glenn Beck, President Obama, and the Hunger for Purpose in Times of Transition

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The president's stepping back from his promise to call us to a higher form of civic engagement means that a vacuum has been left during this historic moment of transition in America.

Will 'Progressives' Let Middle Class Burn to Prove Their Point?

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

Progressives cannot afford to walk away from the suffering of the middle class to prove a point or make a case. Yet that's the type of talk I am hearing more and more from progressives as the midterm approaches.

The New Marijuana Middle Class

Heather Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Heather Donahue

Will the marijuana middle class continue to grow? Or will cannabis become another corporate commodity; an industry with impenetrable barriers to entry? Is there a middle path?

Rediscovering the American Dream

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Craig Newmark

If you want to take a good look at what's happened to America's middle class, read Third World America, by Arianna Huffington. It's not pretty, but it's real.

The Precarious Genius of the Middle Class

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

What will America become if we have to rely solely on the wealthy to provide medical, scientific, engineering, manufacturing, art and social inventions?

Obama, the Middle Class and Pundit Myopia

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mayhill Fowler

One untruth about the President that has had some currency among liberals this summer is that "Obama is out of touch with the middle class." It is not the middle class, but progressives, who Obama is out of step with.

Do We Need A Tax Bracket For The Super-Rich?

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Should someone who makes $400,000 a year pay the same effective tax rate as someone who makes $40 million a year? In a recent CNBC spot, two analysts ...

Home, School?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip N. Cohen

Homeownership and college education were booming trends after the mid-20th century, together ballooning the U.S. middle class -- and distinguishing th...

Obama-Administration Fabricated Small-Business Contracting Data Coming Soon

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

I'm betting the "Change We Can Believe In" Obama administration will completely falsify the actual percentage of government contracts that were awarded to legitimate small businesses.

Labor Says Mott's Apples Are Rotten to the Core

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

Today, Mott's is owned by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS), based in Plano, Texas. Ever since DPS took over the New York factory, union members claim, family spirit at the company has been destroyed.

When Wall Street Rules, We Get Wall Street Rules

Dean Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

If the financial crisis was preventable, why didn't our leaders try to stop it? Why don't they take the steps necessary now to get the economy moving again? The answer to both these questions is simple; the politicians work for someone else.

A Worldwide Revolt Against Poverty Wages

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan Tasini

Despite the growing poverty around the world, we still have a bi-partisan support (including from our president) for the very so-called "free trade" policies that have bred substandard wages.

Is the US Underclass Busting at the Seams?

Damien Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Damien Hoffman

The Great Recession continues to take a tragic toll on the US middle class. Although credit markets are unfrozen and economic activity has drastically improved, the tsunami after the quake is still in full force.

Memo to America's Middle Class: Obama Is Just Not That Into You

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

If Obama is going to do the right thing for America's middle class, it's going to take Hope 2.0 -- the people have to make him do it.

We Are the Power Base

Kenneth Kales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kenneth Kales

We, the people, have been far too trusting in delegating our society's equities to those at the top rung. Instead, what is needed now is a return of power to the people.

U.S.Wages as Cheap as India

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan Tasini

Mix a financial crisis created by the Goldman Sachs with the Wall Street-driven leveraged buyout, wage-cut, job-cuts mania of the past several decades and, presto...the U.S. is a low-wage country.

Why Corporate Governance Matters to Everyone

Marty Robins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marty Robins

While there is no foolproof way to prevent bad decisions in the private sector, many analysts believe that the field of "corporate governance" is a very good place to start.